"Through our financial support and volunteer service, we are proud to help lift up the communities that we serve."
That's the statement from Lori Gazzillo Kiely, director of the Berkshire Bank Foundation, which has provided more than $845,000 in philanthropic investments to 190 nonprofit organizations in communities the bank serves, including the YMCA of Greater Providence in Rhode Island.
The grants, awarded during the second quarter of 2023, cover a wide range of projects that help foster upward economic mobility, support overall well-being, and enhance opportunities for the success of individuals and small businesses, particularly for underrepresented populations, per a news release.
"These investments also support the bank's BEST Community Comeback initiative, which includes a planned $15 million in community contributions by the end of 2024," per the release.
Funding supported needs such as food insecurity, health, wellness, homelessness, educational advancement, arts, youth development, culture, diversity, and inclusion.
"We are pleased to continue to assist nonprofits doing great work to positively impact individuals, families, and small businesses within the Berkshire Bank footprint," Kiely says. Read the Entire Article
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